Governance Lab: Building Outstanding Boards

Lead your board from micro-management to macro-governance

Move your organization to a highly-engaged and mission-driven board through Vantage Point’s unique Governance Lab.

By specifically engaging the board chair, executive director, and vice/incoming chair in an interactive shared learning opportunity, you will advance the effectiveness and efficiency of your board. 

Fall 2015 Schedule:

September 12, 2015 l 9:00am – 4:00pm
October 3, 2015 l 9:00am – 12:00pm
November 14, 2015 l 9:00am – 12:00pm
December 12, 2015 l 9:00am - 12:00pm 

 Cost: $1725 for 3 person team
 (must include: Executive Director/CEO; Board Chair; Incoming/Vice Chair

Location: 1183 Melville Street, Downtown Vancouver

Facilitator: T.B.D.

Application deadline: August 14, 2015 at 4:00pm PST

Program Benefits

Governance Lab is a unique shared learning opportunity to advance the effectiveness and efficiency of your Board by specifically targeting the Board Chair, Executive Director, and Vice/Incoming Chair.

Who Should Attend

Executive Directors, Board Chairs, and Incoming Chairs as an organizational team of three.

Learning Outcomes

Working within the Governance as Leadership framework, the program is designed to:

  • Ensure clarity and consistency of roles and responsibilities for the Chair and the Executive in leading, governing and managing the organization
  • Improve team leadership by strengthening the working relationship between the Chair and the Executive
  • Create continuity of leadership through a shared learning experience

Topics (Curriculum)

Governance as Leadership: The Role of the Board in Leading a Cause
  • Governing through three modes: fiduciary, strategic and generative
  • A framework to align board, staff and volunteers to your mission 
Developing Your Current Board: Where Are You Now, Where Do You Want to Go?
  • Conducting (ongoing) board assessments
  • The organizational lifecycle of your organization and Board  
Fund Development: How to Increase Board Involvement
  • Myths and facts of the Board’s role 
  • Seven essential elements to create and lead a culture of fund development 
Evaluating Performance:  For the Executive Director AND the Organization
  • Examining the difference between the performance of the ED/CEO and that of the organization
  • Nine methods to measure ED/CEO performance  
Creating a Strategic Board: Your Road Map for the Future
  • Getting diversity in leadership approach, expertise, community connection and thinking styles 
  • Recruitment and (ongoing) succession planning: who will you require and how will you find them?


Additional Questions?

Please contact Rebecca Jackson-Harrop, Community Engagement Specialist, at or 604-875-9144. 

Application deadline:

August 28, 2015

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Photo Credit Krisztina Kun

Application deadline:

August 14, 2015
Fall 2015
Sept. 12, 2015
Oct. 3, 2015
Nov. 14, 2015
Dec. 12, 2015


$1725.00 for 3 team members

apply now